Sri Lanka cricket board declines to play in Pakistan over security issue
 Source : NewsBharati  Date : 28-Jul-2017

Colombo, July 28: The Sri Lankan cricket board today turned down an invite from the Pakistan Cricket Board for playing two T20 matches in Lahore at the start of its home series in October.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shahryar Khan confirmed that after the suicide bomb attack in Lahore earlier this week, the Sri Lankan cricket authorities are reluctant to send their team for the T20 matches.

"I had spoken to my Sri Lankan cricket counterpart during the ICC meetings and I had invited him to send his team to Lahore to play the T20 matches and start the series against Pakistan with rest of matches to be played in the UAE," Shaharyar said.

Shaharyar said, "I am a bit surprised at Sri Lankan's refusal because terror attacks are happening everywhere in the world and sports events are still going on. It is unfair to just single out Pakistan for security reasons."

"The ICC and other security experts of cricket boards had come to Lahore to see for themselves the security arrangements and some shortcomings were pointed out which we promised to resolve but overall they were all satisfied with the way security was provided for the final," he added.

It was Sri Lanka's team which had come under attack from militants in March, 2009 in Lahore after which no top Test team has toured Pakistan because of security concerns and the PCB has been forced to hold its home series in the UAE.